NBA's 2012-13 All-Deadweight Team

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NBA's 2012-13 All-Deadweight Team
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When a star player leaves town or suffers an injury, it can be devastating. Just look at LeBron James' departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers or the impact of Derrick Rose's knee injury on the Chicago Bulls' 2012 playoff run.

But some players are just dead weight. In fact, the Italian for "dead weight" is Andrea Bargnani.

In certain instances, the loss of a star player actually results in the team playing better, showing more cohesion and tenacity. Is it that the team has forged a character of will and determination in response to the adversity, or was that player actually detrimental to his team in some way that was previously hidden by gaudy statistics?

In fact, it is usually the latter. And it turns out there's a name for that phenomenon.

Bill Simmons, writing for ESPN, credited a friend with inventing the so-called "Ewing Theory," stating: "The theory was created in the mid-'90s by Dave Cirilli, a friend of mine who was convinced that Patrick Ewing's teams (both at Georgetown and with New York) inexplicably played better when Ewing was either injured or missing extended stretches because of foul trouble."

For Cirilli, the theory was validated by the University of Connecticut's ascension to the No. 1 ranking after Donyell Marshall departed for the 1994 NBA draft.

Star leaves team; team is written off; team gets better.

But it can't be just any star. It must be one who, as Simmons puts it, "receives an inordinate amount of media attention and fan interest, and yet his teams never win anything substantial with him."

That sounds like a player who is dead weight. So here's the All-Deadweight starting five.

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